I'm stumped and need a little help with how to modify our existing shopify store's URL without messing up internal linking, SEO, etc. so that an externally hosted information webpage loads first.
Currently, our domain points directly to our shopify store and has been for the last 5-6 years or so. My manager wants to change things up in the next month or two, specifically when it comes to customers landing on our site. Instead of our shopify store loading up, he wants an information page to load first (a wordpress based page/site that we've setup and is dormant on bluehost). I've been holding off on trying anything for fear of messing up any SEO, internal linking etc. -- I need to keep all of that intact.
I thought that perhaps creating some type of forwarding or subdomain with edits to the DNS records could do the trick but I need some hand holding if this is the way to pull it off. I feel forwarding would get something stuck in a loop if not done properly. I know I can undo any changes I make but that will create down time with our store which I'm trying to highly avoid - I'd get like get it done right the first time.
I did find these helpful links that may or may not work for my situation:
Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated!
Jack from OpenThinking here!
I didn't understand your exact needs. What do you mean with "Instead of our shopify store loading up, he wants an information page to load first"
But yeah, you can create a subdomain landing.example.com and point your subdomain to your WordPress installation.
basically you've your Shopify on example.com and WordPres on landing.example.com
on your landing pages create CTA button with a link to your example.com
Doing funky stuff like: visiting example.com get redirected automatically to landing.example.com and from there back to example.com is not a smart approach, and won't work for a lot of reasons.
If you want to display some "message" before viewing a product use an overlay instead.
let me know if this works for your. If yes; accept my answer and give me thumbs up! Thank you.
Hi Jack, thanks for your reply!
The need is when someone lands on our root URL it would somehow load the wordpress site/page and not our shopify store. Problem is, our root url is our shopify store.
Thanks for the subdomain details - that is something I am going to do regardless if I can't get it to 'fake' load as the root url.
This is a simple fix without messing underlying search engine optimization.
If you can, have the wordpress site on the same domain, but if it works on an iframe that will be fine.
Basically iframe in the wordpress site but have the visibility hide the store and reveal the store when the user presses a button (like continue) or use a timer.
I've written an example below. It's not going to disturb your seo configuration but the effect of another page appearing to load first still occurs.
On your store's head tag do the following:
-the head tags are to show they go in the head tag.